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This week, we bring you the music of Greg Ashley, the Oakland-based musician who has been praised for his work with The Gris Gris as well as his solo recordings. Ashley’s latest work is as a solo artist, releasing Painted Garden on Birdman Records earlier this year. After a couple of national tours supporting the album, released earlier this year, Greg’s back in the Bay Area and we caught up with him recently at a show at Mama Buzz Cafe in Oakland.

That excellent performance, just Greg and an acoustic guitar, underscored the beauty and vulnerability at the heart of the songs on Painted Garden. This isn’t to slight the songs as recorded on the album, which incorporate elements of folk, garage and psych rock. The CD display Greg’s many skills, as a songwriter, a performer–playing most of the instruments himself–and a producer. In that last capacity, he has also worked with a number of other artists, including locals Brian Glaze and The Passionistas.

During our interview with Ashley at the Ghost Town Gallery after the show, we discussed Greg’s experiences in all of these roles, learning some interesting tricks that analog-favoring artist used during the recording process. We’ve got four songs from Painted Garden in the episode alongside the interview.

Greg Ashley has two shows in Oakland over the next week:

Friday, October 12th
21 Grand
with Eat Skull, The Impediments and Evil Wikkid Warrior
9pm, $6

Tuesday, October 16th
The Stork Club
with The Hysterians and Roller Coaster
9pm, $5

To hear more Greg Ashley, visit his MySpace page. You can purchase Painted Garden and Greg’s other releases from Birdman Records. You should also check out Ashley’s work with The Gris Gris at their MySpace page.

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